Suspected dealer charged with murder in Hendersonville overdose death

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Hendersonville man accused of supplying drugs to a woman who died of an overdose in 2018 has been charged with second-degree murder.

Hendersonville police arrested Jason Russell, 41, on Thursday night and booked him into the Sumner County jail on the murder charge.

On December 11, officers responded to a residence on Lynhurst Circle where a 27-year-old woman had died of an apparent overdose.

Over the course of the investigation, police said they determined her death was the result of an overdose on illegal drugs sold to her by Russell.

Bond for Russell was set at $50,000 and an initial court date was scheduled for May 24.

Sumner County Assistant District Attorney, Ron Blanton recently told News 2 that his office began aggressively pursuing these suspected dealers about two years ago, charging them with second-degree murder.

“These individuals are being taken advantage of,” Blanton explained. “Their families are ravaged by this terrible drug, and the law provides that we can seek a second-degree murder charge for those individuals who provide fentanyl that leads to approximate cause of somebody’s death.”

A second-degree murder conviction carries a sentence of 15 to 40 years behind bars.

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